Ballinteer to edge out Fianna again and book 'Boden date
EVENING HERALD DUBLIN SHC 1st ROUND
Ballinteer St Johns v Na Fianna
Parnell Park, Tomorrow, 4.0
A BIG prize awaits the winner -- dinner for two with Ballyboden St Enda's.
A few years ago, the Glasnevin club were on the verge of the big time. They lost narrowly to Kilmacud in the quarter-final.
The feeling on the Mobhi Road suggested it was a chance lost.
But Na Fianna know there will be many more opportunities.
Joey Boland has many big matches behind him. He has emerged as a renowned Daly Disciple. So too has Tomás Brady, who had his season ended with a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Martin Quility is another prized product of Na Fianna. And there's also polish in the work of Neil ó Ceallachain, Ciaran Fanning, Daire ó Maoleidigh and Fergal Breathnach.
The two clubs provided a thrilling Senior B Championship final last season. Ballinteer edged it in the end. Sean Lane and his colleagues have done a splendid job in Marlay Park.
They don't lack stylists -- Cormac O'Brien, Fionan Clabby, Jack Gilligan, the Lane boys, Joe Maher and Fergal Chambers.
It could be another close one.
LAST YEAR -- Ballinteer St John's: Senior B champs. Na Fianna: Senior B Championship runners-up.
LAST TIME -- Ballinteer St John's: Never. Na Fianna: Never.
NEXT: Ballyboden St Enda's in the quarter-final.
VERDICT: Ballinteer St John's.